Tonico Lemos Auad

(this page was last updated in June 2019)

Belém, Brazil, 1968.
Lives and works in London, UK.

Represented by Galeria Luisa Strina and Stephen Friedman Gallery.

PIPA 2019 nominee.

Auad disregards material value to create lyrical, often transient forms using a wide range of materials, from the ephemeral and every day to the precious and enduring. Notions of luck, traditional anecdotes, chance, and the supernatural pervade Auad’s work. Beyond playfulness, his work resonates with a darker underbelly of existence. For Auad an awareness of death and the brevity of life are always near to hand. Auad has exhibited internationally with works that investigate materiality, sensuality, process and the relationship between the audience and their environment. In February 2018, Stephen Friedman Gallery presented Auad’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. In 2016, Auad was the subject of a major solo exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex, UK. In 2011, a collection of specially commissioned sculptures entitled ‘Carrancas and Reflected Archaeology’ were exhibited as part of the Folkestone Triennial, UK. Other recent solo exhibitions include; ‘Tonico Lemos Auad’, Pivô, curated by Kiki Mazzuchelli, São Paulo, Brazil (2015), ‘Paisagem Noturna’, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); ‘Tonico Lemos Auad’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2012-2013); ‘Figa,’ CRG Gallery, New York, USA (2012); ‘Sleep Walkers,’ Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); ‘Epílogo,’ Zapopan Museum, Zapopan, Mexico (2010); ‘Mouth, Ears, Eyes…Just like us,’ Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2009); ‘Silent Singing,’ CRG Gallery, New York, USA (2008); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, USA (2007).

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